Faribault Lakers Playing for Region 3C Title
The Faribault Lakers amateur baseball team defeated the Union Hill Bulldogs on Friday night 4-2 in a great game at Union Hill.
Head Coach Charlie Lechtenberg told KDHL that Egan Bonde pitched a "terrific game" and Matt Lane finished the game on the hill for the Lakers.
Faribault goes back to Union Hill on Sunday to play for the Region 3C championship at 1PM.
They are right back where they started. Entering the region playoffs Faribault was the top seed and Union Hill the No. 4 seed.
Union Hill defeated Faribault in the second round of the playoffs 2-0 at Bell Field in Faribault. Since then the Lakers have reeled off four straight wins to work their way from the elimination and loser's bracket to be in this position. Meanwhile Union Hill has played just a couple of games because they continued to win until Friday night.
Now each team has one loss and frankly I don't understand why the original seeds don't kick in because they are in the same boat and have defeated each other. In my opinion, Sunday's game should be in Faribault because they were the top seed in the region and should have wrestled away the home field with a win Friday.
Union Hill LOST to Faribault on Friday night. So Faribault should have earned the right to host Sunday's game because both teams have one loss to each other. But the coaches must have agreed to this format.
In the game Friday night, Blake Langerud had a pair of hits and an RBI, Joe Grote clubbed a pair of hits including a triple and collected a RBI, Ryan Archambault tallied a couple of hits, Porter Sartor had an RBI hit and Mitch Johnson had two hits.
Bonde threw eight innings, scattering seven hits while striking out three batters and walking nobody. Lane allowed a hit and struck out two in the scoreless ninth to earn the save. Bonde threw 112 pitches, 76 for strikes, and Lane tossed 13 total pitches with nine strikes.
Faribault was dominated by Derek Masberg in their previous game at Bell Field. The Waterville-Elysian-Morristown graduate allowed just four hits in that game, but the Lakers cranked out nine hits Friday night.
Masberg did not walk any batters and struck out five while pitching 5-2/3 innings. He threw 95 pitches, 64 for strikes.